Kohima, May 22 (NE): As nationwide lockdown enters its fourth phase since May 18, 2020, India is all set to recommence domestic civil aviation in a calibrated manner after two months break from May 25, 2020.
Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri on May 20 said, ‘Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May 2020.’
Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Government of India, has released approved domestic flights schedule summer which will be operational from May 25 to June 30, 2020.
Three flights are scheduled to operate from Dimapur Airport starting on May 25 onwards till June 30, 2020, according to the schedule released by DGCA Which will be connecting between Dimapur, Kolkata, Guwahati and Imphal.
One Air India flight and two Alliance Air flights will be operating from Dimapur Airport.
– Air India (Flight no: 709/AI710) scheduled to operate three days in a week, Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. Flight arrives to Dimapur from Kolkata at 15:35 and depart to Kolkata at 17:35
– Alliance Air (flight no: 9I 9741) is scheduled to operate four days in a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight arrives in Dimapur Airport at 09:10 from Guwahati (Assam) and will depart to Imphal (Manipur) at 09:50
– Alliance Air (flight no: 9I 9742) scheduled to operate four days in a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight arrives in Dimapur Airport at 12:10 from Imphal (Manipur) and will depart to Guwahati (Assam) at 12:50.
Earlier, as a measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak, India has suspended all domestic flights in the midnight of March 24, 2020.
Standard Operating Protocols (SOP) are issued by Airport Authority of India for airports for recommencement of the domestic flights.
Some of the guidelines are;
*Passengers should wear masks and gloves.
*Passengers should reach airport two hours in advance of flight time.
*Passengers will be allowed into the terminal building if their flights are within four hours.
*Passengers must compulsorily walk through a thermal screening zone before entering the airport terminal building.
*Mandatory to have the Aarogya Setu app installed on passengers mobiles. The app ‘will not be mandatory’ for children below 14 years of age. Those that don’t show ‘green’ on Aarogya Setu will not be allowed to enter the airport.
*Sanitisation of baggage before entry into terminal
*At passenger touch points, staff to either wear face shields behind counter or put glass wall at counter.
*Boarding will be done in batches to maintain social distance.
*Passenger seating arrangement shall be done in such a manner so as to maintain social distancing among passengers using chairs by blocking those seats that are not to be used, with proper markers/tapes.
*All airport staff to wear PPEs and hand sanitisers for staff and passenger.
*Newspapers and magazines not to be provided in the Terminal building/Lounges.
*State governments and administrations have to ensure public transport and private taxis for passengers and airline crew.
*Trolleys will not be allowed in the arrival or departure sections, except for special cases.